Jul 13, 1985

Edward H. Crane on the Founding, Direction, and Future of the Libertarian Party (1985)

Edward H. Crane is the founder and president emeritus of the Cato Institute. Prior to Cato’s founding, Crane was heavily involved in the leadership of the Libertarian Party; he worked on John Hospers’s 1972 Presidential bid, managed Ed Clark’s 1978 California gubernatorial campaign, and served as the Libertarian Party’s national chairman from 1974-1977.

In this video from the Second European Libertarian Conference (SELCON) in Beitostølen, Norway in 1985, Crane speaks about the founding of the Libertarian Party in 1972, his own involvement in determining the philosophical direction of the Party, the Party’s historical successes (such as being the first party to get an electoral vote for a woman in a presidential election), and his personal thoughts on the future of the Party as it stood in 1985.